More on Diet and ADD ADHD —ADD Tip o the Day 543

We all have opinions 

We form our beliefs based on our feelings. Then we find data to support them, and ignore data that refutes them.

Fortunately, there is science.

This man seems to know what he’s talking about:

Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D.


Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University

More recent meta-analyses of omega-3 fatty acids suggest that they show some efficacy, about half as much as stimulant drugs. Those with a high EPA/DHA ratio seem to have the best effect. —

. Another way to look at these studies is using a standardized measure of treatment response effect where 0 means the treatment does not work and higher numbers are better. For stimulant drugs, the effect is 0.9, for food color restrictions it is about 0.5 and for other elimination diets it is about 0.4. Because most of the food color studies focused on kids with high levels of food colorant intake, the overall effect is smaller. Also, removing food colorants from kids with high levels gives a statistically reliable effect (i.e., we can believe it). The effect for other elimination diets is not reliable. A key issue is that the elimination diets are not easy to implement.

On human nature

It is hard for us to examine our beliefs and assumptions, and harder even to change them.

It is hard for me to accept that food coloring may play a part in ADD ADHD in some children.


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Who really knows what’s in there?

reason, logic, or emotions?   – excellent discussion

 on food additives

other viewpoints on foods

homey on using a notebook for a planner

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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2 Responses to More on Diet and ADD ADHD —ADD Tip o the Day 543

  1. Homey – do your cat and dog have ADHD?
    Thank you for four of the comment.


  2. Interesting bit of information. My 14-year-old cat has always had a sensitivity to red dye. There aren’t very many cat foods that don’t have red dye. I was feeding her Special Kitty from Wal-mart but then they changed the formula to include red dye. I discovered Hy-Vee’s store brand cat food didn’t have red dye so now she gets that. If we ever try to feed her food with red dye, she pukes it up. We’ve given it time (in case it’s just a change in food) but she never adjusts. My dog doesn’t tolerate food with red dye very well either (12-1/2 year old black lab) but she can tolerate it. So the dyes certainly could have an effect on people and certain conditions, I guess. But so can a lot of other stuff.


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